Twilight imbues the South Florida shoreline with intense blue and violet hues. This is my favorite time of day to be certain, as interior lighting begins to find its harmonious balance with the last few moments of the magic hour’s natural glow. Photographers and painters alike have been creating mysterious, compelling and yes, “magical”, images during those elusive moments at dusk. The “blue hour” as it some call it, is particularly effective for architectural and interiors photography because it enables the photographer to find a balance in the natural and artificial light and in this way, color and exposure can be controlled. When I was shooting independent films years ago, we created some of the most amazing footage for both color as well as black and white films during twilight. Of course, some of these images are also captured before sunrise, as well.
For me, when shooting interior design, twilight photography is a very effective way of creating ambiance within the interior space, while maintaining a sense of mystery and mood through visible windows. Looking out into inky black nothingness can be dramatic, but arguably less beautiful as those deep blue hues. Likewise, when shooting exterior architecture, waiting for the absolute perfect moment to capture a commercial building, or residence allows the interior of the space to glow while maintaining visual balance with the natural glow and accent lights on the outside of the structure.